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A New Year!

Happy New Year vintage and handmade fans!  How was your Christmas?  I think it’s fair to say that ours did not go quite as planned given that the dreaded flu bug was rife here.  Nevertheless apparently we had a fabulous Christmas Day – we hired my favourite little historic building for the afternoon as there were so many for dinner.  Alderholt Reading Rooms is more than 100 years old and was built on land donated by Lord Salisbury, paid for by Lady Salisbury and local Squire Churchill provided books and reading material.  There are very few of it’s like still around and should be treasured in my view.


Watch this space for some plans of events to raise funds to preserve this local heritage.

There’s lots of fab Alderholt history and some great photos on this old local plan produced by the local authority.

And here we are enjoying our Christmas Day!

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Most exciting though was my present from my lovely family!  Please forgive the awful photo.

Christmas bear head

Christmas bear head

He was featured in our review of new Ringwood shop The Fox in the Forest which you can check out here.  This is a slightly better photo…needless to say I love him!

My bear at home in the Fox in the Forest

My bear at home in the Fox in the Forest

What did you get for Christmas that you love?  I’d love to hear about any new handmade items or local makers and see some photos.

Keep the Vintage Love xx



Fantabulous New Shops in the Glorious New Forest

In our quest to entertain the children and attempt to shop for Christmas (I’m in denial about Christmas by the way!)  we have recently come across some gorgeous shops on our doorstep.  In the first of a (very) mini-series we look at The Fox in the Forest which is absolutely brand new in Ringwood.

Ringwood  is a pretty market town on the edge of the New Forest within easy striking distance of Salisbury, Bournemouth and Southampton.  It has a range of premium fashion shops around the Furlong area with a rather less hurried atmosphere than you would find in a big shopping mall but if you head away from this and a take a couple of minutes walk down to the market square and along the high street to Fridays Cross you will find some great unusual and non-chain shops and cafe’s including an amazing Chocolate Shop and beautiful lingerie shop Lolie and Bella.  Not to mention my favourite book shop Paperview.

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The Fox in the Forest has evolved from successful Web-business of the same name and showcases beautiful things made by the owner and other local craftspeople.  The aim of the shop “is eventually to become a gallery/workshop where artists/craftspeople that are local to the New Forest can showcase their work”  and the lady has exciting plans to create a workshop space as well. We bought some brilliant bits for my eldest boy’s lovely girlfriend but obviously they’re top secret until after the big day!  The shop is near to Smiths as you head towards the market square.  Do pop in if you get a chance, there are even handmade soaps from Frome.  Here are some photos that I took on Saturday, I’m desperate for a knitted animal head for my hall!

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Lovely puppy Indiana

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Festive Genius

Look at this fab tutorial I found via Our Craft Shops and their free advent calendar!

cardboard reindeer holiday craft

Click on the picture for the link where you’ll find templates and everything.  I’m off to print them out now!

Keep the Vintage Love xxx

Exciting NEW shops news!!

We had a fantastic afternoon recently in our beloved Pokesdown!  The Dorset Scrapstore was having an open afternoon at their new premises in Boscombe and one of my favourite vintage loving ladies was opening her new shop on Christchurch Road.  In short this was a day not to be missed!  The Scrapstore is of course aces and full of amazing bargains for the crafty amongst us  and the free crafty workshops went down a storm with the small boy, but the star of the day was our trip to Emily’s beautiful shop Cotton Candy Designs which at the Pokesdown station end of Christchurch Road.

Photo: Checkout our brand new sign!

Emily is formerly of Poppy Meadows  about whom I have waxed lyrical a number of times and was with us for our first vintage fair last year where her handmade items went down a storm!  She has teamed up with her friend the equally lovely Cara Lloyd-Hopkins of Carara Designs for this venture and the outcome is a pretty and welcoming shop choc full of lovely items for the home and pretty Christmas gifts galore.  Cara specialises in fantabulous handmade items for the home and beautiful handbags all made in the Summerhouse at the end of her garden.

Cara in her new shop!

Gorgeous shop window showing off fab handmade bags by Cara

Emily has recently added upholstery to her repertoire and I was especially taken with the gorgeous floor cushions in the shop which are definitely on my Christmas list!

Giant cushions and reupholstered arm chair just right for a cosy night by the fire.

I’m also hoping that she will renovate my original Lloyd Loom Chair that has been sat in my garage for about 10 years waiting for me to get around to it!  I know commissions are taken.   Other furniture renovations had me drooling too like this 1950s kitchen unit for example.

Kitchen cupboards have never been so stylish!

Check out the ladies facebook page for more photos, or even better take a trip to Pokesdown for your Christmas shopping this year.  There’s just so much to love on our doorstep!  You’d only be putting cash in the pockets of Amazon otherwise afterall!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – TODAY 10am – 3pm Alderholt Village Hall!!

 Over 20 Crafty and Vintage and

Food Stalls, lovely vintage style teas,

licensed bar and free craft for kids.

 Come and see us today between

10am and 3pm!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – Exhibitor Focus – Lovely Local Heroes

We’ve just finished decorating the hall with the help of fantastic local company Banquets Bowls and Buttonholes – it really does look lovely!

Our fair is about supporting and promoting local businesses as well as raising money for the Village Hall Refurbishment.  We have a wealth of local talent on display again this year.  Check this out!

Natalie and Sandra King will be bringing a range of lovely handmade items.  Nat was a huge hit last year and have a look at this fab assortment that she’s bringing along this year

Photo: All my crafty creations ready for the Alderholt Nostalgic Xmas Fair. Everyone should come along this Saturday 10-3 at Alderholt village hall :)

Jenny Clemas and her daughter Jo Kear will be selling wonderful antique and vintage fabrics, patterns and trims for charity. Look at this beautiful lace!

Photo: Preparing for the Vintage and Craft Fair - washing and ironing vintage lace and sorting vintage sewing patterns.  Every penny of our stall (that's mum, Ellen & I) will be donated to the Medaille Trust.  Please come along and support us; support the fair; share the link below and tell your friends - thank you! :-)

On top of all of this we have Pam Clarke with us from the beautiful new shop Home at Seventy One in Fordingbridge.  Pam refurbishes and upcycles unloved items as well as selling fantastic gifts.

Sarah Jackson will be with us again with her fabulous range of handmade cards and one or two other surprises.  Come along and see her!

Last but not least we have our friends from Sandleheath Knit and Natter who will be raising money for charity again with their beautiful stall and also sharing knitting love with anyone who would like to listen.  Here’s just one fun example of what they will have on show!


All of this and we will have free craft for the kids and the bar and some fab motorbikes to distract the less interested in shopping leaving those who are to enjoy themselves to the full!

We hope to see you tomorrow between 10am and 3pm!

Keep the Vintage Love xx

Nostalgic Christmas Fair – Exhibitor Focus – Food glorious Food!

As it’s Christmas (well soon anyway!) we have some lovely food and drink goodies for you this time!  We have some local favourites of course and some of them are actually joining us!

From Dorset With Love

Although Chrissy only started From Dorset With Love a year or so ago, she’s been earning rave reviews for her products, winning Taste of Dorset awards and supplying her lovely jams and chutneys to some of the biggest foodie names in Dorset. She recently been developing new lines and if they’re as good as the five spice we marinaded our tea in the other week we’re all in for a treat. Hopefully she’ll have been up all night making some more mulled wine spice too. You can keep in touch with From Dorset With Love here on twitter.

New Forest Preserves

We’ve told you all about the people behind New Forest Preserves already as they are also Betsy’s Shed. We love the beautiful things they produce so we can’t wait to see what they can do with tinctures and cordials.

James’s Cheese

Straight out of Child Okeford comes James’s Cheese. Everybody loves a good cheese and James’s is amongst the best we’ve tasted. He recently received ‘Best New Cheese’ 2012 for his magnificent Frankie. We’re looking forward to stocking up.

Banquets, Bowls & Buttonholes

These lovely people not only run a bespoke vintage flowers and china package, but they’ll be coming along with a fantastic selection of cupcakes too. Yum yum!

The Barrel & Bottle Co.

Simon opened this great independent off licence in Fordingbridge earlier this year and provides a great service. Beer or Cider can be bought straight from the cask and he always has a good rotation of real ales from exciting local or upcoming breweries. He also has a great range of wines and spirits, as well as a great choice of American or European beers. Simon will be running a bar at the fair, so make sure you pop by.

Keep the Vintage Love xx

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